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Getting Ready to Publish my Children’s Book

Getting Ready to Publish my Children’s Book

As a child, I loved to read.  Some of my best childhood memories happened right down at our local library.  At the young age of seven, I promised myself that some day I would publish my own children’s book.

Over the years I have pushed that lifelong goal aside as my busy life didn’t leave me much time to write.  But after landing a job this summer that didn’t require a lot of time, I decided that it was the perfect point in my life to work and complete my first book geared towards kids.

I found it a lot easier than I thought it was going to be to write the book, but when it came to illustrating it, I had a lot of problems.  What I realized was that my art skills were about the same as they were in kindergarten, and there was no way someone was going to buy a book illustrated by yours truly.

I needed help.

Realizing that my arts skills were subpar, I decided to hire a company that specialized in childrens book illustration.  It made the most sense really – by hiring someone that had the skills that I was deficient in, I could focus on what I loved – writing the book.

I worked closely with the folks at DeveoMedia.com to ensure that my book had the high quality images that I had dreamed of.  They were easy to work with, and I really feel that the finished product is perfect.

I am planning to have a book launch party next week at the library where this journey began.  I really hope that kids love the book as much as I do.

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September 1, 20150 comments
Adding Music to my Class Presentation

Adding Music to my Class Presentation

It is hard to believe that there is not a lot of time before we are back in classes, but I have already started on my first project.  You see, I have some surgery that is going to happen late September, and I will miss about a week of classes.  So, I reached out to my professor to see if I could do the work beforehand so that I wasn’t treated any differently than my classmates.

As it turns out, he agreed to let me do my assignment early.

For the project, I had to create a short video highlighting one aspect of accounting that we would be taking at the time.  We had a number of options to choose from, so that every student would have the opportunity to choose something different.  For me, the choice was easy was easy – I chose the task of explaining the difference between debits and credits.

I created the video with the help of my best friend Jess, and we decided to add background music to the presentation as well.  We used a royalty-free track from Music Screen, one of my favorite databases of music.  They have every style of music, and I loved that their music was free for students like myself.

The presentation turned out perfectly and I am sure that I will get an “A” on it.

If you are looking for quality music tracks for your next project, head on over to http://www.musicscreen.org/

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August 30, 20150 comments
Recovering my iPhone Videos

Recovering my iPhone Videos

While I might be good at some things, technology is not one of them.  Sure, I use it in my business, but for the most part I struggle when anything goes wrong.  So, when I thought that I was moving my videos off of my iPhone onto my computer and accidentally deleted them, I didn’t know what to do.

I needed help if I was going to recover the videos, so I called my brother Mike.

He worked as a customer service rep for Apple, so I figured he would know the answer.

After explaining my problem to him, he asked me a few details as to what I did with my phone after I deleted the videos off of it.  I explained to him that I didn’t do anything else and just phoned him right away, in hopes that I wouldn’t do any more damage.

I guess that was the right thing to do.

Mike directed me to download iFoneMate, an iPhone video recovery program from GlobalShareware.com.  It was the same software that he recommended to other Apple users when they needed to recover any information that they might have accidentally deleted from their phones.

I did just what he said and I was able to recover the videos on my phone.  In fact, this easy to use Windows software has worked just great since I installed it just about half an hour ago.  It is working away restoring my videos, and I am confident that it will be able to restore everything I accidentally deleted.

Thank goodness.

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August 28, 20150 comments
Planning for my Wedding Night

Planning for my Wedding Night

As many of you know, Marc and I will be tying the knot in just a few months and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.  He is a great guy, and we are in love, and I have never been so happy in my life.

While we have handed off all of our wedding planning to a professional planner, there are still a lot of things that I need to do before our special day.  I still have to find the perfect wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, and some cute outfits for the ring bearers and flower girls.

I am going to go through my list, one item at a time.

The one thing that I have been working on for the last couple of weeks has been finding the perfect attire for my wedding night.  I know that Marc thinks that I am beautiful no matter what I wear, but for our wedding night, I really want to blow him away.

So, I have been shopping on SgLingerie.com, a lingerie website to find the perfect outfit for after the wedding reception.  I have found a few cute pieces that will just make him go crazy, and I am going to order them to ensure that I have everything ready for our wedding night.

It will be an evening that he will never forget.

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August 27, 20150 comments
Fascinated with UFOs

Fascinated with UFOs

After watching the X-Files and Star Trek in my youth I became very interested in UFOs.  Since the universe is so big, it just makes sense that there are other lifeforms or beings out there.  I know if I was a technically advanced race, I would be interested in doing research on planets, like ours, so it really seems to me that there would be intelligent life watching us right now.

I like to follow all of the latest UFO sightings as they happen, and there are a number of resources online that I use to keep up on all of the latest sightings and news about them.

One of my favorite sites would have to be UFOsOnEarth.com.  I love how they focus on being objective and that they are there to provide information about any real UFO discoveries instead of sharing hoaxes.  The site is updated regularly, and is definitely the one place that I consistently visit for any information related to UFOs.

Since I am so interested in this topic, I have also been sharing what I have found with my children.  I think that they really enjoy learning about this subject, and I hope that we have an opportunity to see a UFO someday.

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Taking Wedding Photos Today

Taking Wedding Photos Today

While most people wouldn’t consider getting married in the middle of the week, Leslie and Carl have.  In fact, they are getting married outdoors today and the weather forecast looks perfect.  They are getting married at a little church just outside of town this afternoon and the reception will follow this evening.  They asked me about six months ago to take their wedding pictures, and that is exactly what I am doing today.

About a week ago I scouted out the area to find the best places where we could setup and take the wedding photographs.  I always like to capture a special piece of the area, and today we will be doing some of our photographs in an old abandoned farm yard.

I think the photographs will look amazing.

But I did have one little hiccup that just about ruined everything.  Last week, I was babysitting my nephew and he pulled my camera off of the kitchen table.

It broke.

Now, if you are a wedding photographer, you know that the most important tool is your camera.

I thought I was screwed.

While I didn’t have the money to replace it, I was able to find a business that offered a Canon camera hire service.  I rented the exact same Canon camera that I owned, and that is what I am using to take photographs with today.

If I had not been able to find this camera rental service from LensLocker.co.uk, I don’t know what I would have done today – it would have been a disaster.

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Promoting Our Band with an Electronic Press Kit

Promoting Our Band with an Electronic Press Kit

When it comes to creating music, I would like to think that we are masters.  Our band has been together for the better part of five years and we work well together.  While we started out playing the odd gig in dive bars, we have come a long ways and will be starting our first tour right away.

The secret to the growth of our band really hinges on one moment.  You see, a few months ago, we decided that we wanted more and wanted to take our band as far as we could go.  While we were exceptional musicians, we were not marketers, so we decided to work with a firm that could help us out.

After a bit of searching, we started a dialog with the folks over at MyExpressKit.com.  They specialize in creating an electronic press kit for just about everything from bands like us, to athletes, charities and more.  We told them what we wanted to accomplish with our digital campaign and left the rest to their capable hands.

We were thoroughly impressed.

In fact, thanks to the work that they did for us, we were able to secure a forty stop tour that will give our band the exposure that we have always wanted.  Taking advantage of My Express Kit’s electronic press kit service was the best thing we could have ever done for our band.

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Chatting with People from Around the World

Chatting with People from Around the World

I am a night owl.  I am a more productive at night when all of my family is sleeping.

But working late at night can be lonely sometimes, and it would just be nice to reach out and talk to other human beings.

So, I have been participating in some chat rooms online.  I have been using ChitterChat.net as the chat room of choice as they have rooms that cover all sorts of topics.

The chatroom on programming has been invaluable for me as I have been working to learn C++, and having access to programming experts day and night to help me with my problems has really helped a lot.  Sure, I could look up the solutions online, but sometimes it really helps to talk to another programmer that can help to point you in the right direction to figure out your problems.

But my interests don’t stop at programming as I am always game to talk about the latest video games with people from around the world.  These rooms are a great way to catch up on the latest news and get perspectives from others.

So, if you have some downtime and fell like chatting about the things that you love with others from around the world, you owe it to yourself to head on over to http://www.chitterchat.net/ right now.

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August 26, 20150 comments
Finishing the Last Home Renovation of the Year

Finishing the Last Home Renovation of the Year

It has been a big year for us here at home for getting things done.  From painting the kids rooms to finally paving the driveway, the house is finally starting to look like ours instead of some home that we just bought.  We have done most of the work ourselves to keep some of the costs down, so there was just enough money left in the budget to do one more renovation.

We are going to finish up this busy summer by doing the roof.

The roof has been something that we really should have tackled years ago, but there were other things that needed to be done that took priority.  I would have let it slide another year, but the black algae on the shingles looked really disgusting and it was time to go.

But there was no way that I was getting up on the roof to do the shingles as I was afraid of heights.

We decided to hire a company (Twelve Oaks Roofing) that had a good price on Scotchguard shingles West Bloomfield Michigan that was willing to come out and install them on our roof.  For these types of projects it just makes sense to hire an expert instead of trying to figure things out on our own.

They sent one of their employees out to take measurements, and we accepted the quote that they provided.

That was a week ago.

They came late this morning to start on the roof and they are just finishing up the work right now.  They have been fast and efficient, and we are both really happy with the people from Twelve Oaks Roofing. Our house is going to look amazing, and it is starting to turn into a place that I am happy to call home.

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August 24, 20150 comments
Getting Married in the Dominican Republic

Getting Married in the Dominican Republic

While it was less than a year ago that Marc proposed to me on a beach in the Dominican Republic, I am excited that I will be his wife in just a few short months.  I know that I had not planned to get married while still in college, but we are in love and really wanted to start our lives together.  So, we are going to have our wedding in Dominican Republic.

Planning a wedding so far away from home was a real challenge that I just couldn’t do on my own.  At first I thought that I would do all the planning on my own, but it was apparent that my busy student life was not going to let me have the time I needed to make our wedding day perfect.

In order to ensure everything was taken care of, we decided to hire a wedding planner that was familiar with the Dominican Republic and knew how to get us the best experience at the best price.  After shopping around, we paired up with the folks from Vals Weddings (WeddingsinDR.com), told them what we wanted on our special day, and let them handle the rest.

Since they are a full service wedding planning agency, we won’t have to worry about anything except for showing up on the wedding day.  I know that we are in good hands and that our special day will be perfect and stress free.

I can’t wait!

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